Jon, Ben, and Josh create a life-sized word ladder filled with fun clues. The boys team up against the girls in a hunt to find items that fit each "step" on the ladder. Meanwhile, Dung Tung Wu attempts to use his "Flut-U-Lator" to charm dogs into his restaurant in order to use them in his raunchy recipes.
Episode #: 909
Issue #: 105
Release Date: Apr 25, 2014
Title: "Sweetchuck's Ladder"
Story (out of 24 pages): 29 p.
Writer: J. M. Sweet and Jack Staten Monahew
Penciller: Ethan "Meat" Jackson
Letterer: M.S. "Nat" Cohen
Colorist: Annette "Jo" Shaw
One morning Jon and Ben are eating cereal in the kitchen as Mom goes off to her yoga class. She tells the boys not to spend the day watching television but to go out and do something to keep busy while she's gone. Jon notices the easy puzzle on the back of the cereal box and laments to his brother that today's cereal box mazes aren't a big enough challenge. He thinks they should be huge, fun, and interactive. After he says the catchphrase, “I know what we’re gonna do today”, Jon then asks "Hey, where's Buddy?
After the boys leave, Buddy puts his fedora on, leaves via the back door, and enters a secret elevator inside a tree trunk. He meets Lana inside, and the two acknowledge each other with polite hat-tips. Buddy enters Dung Tung Wu's lair, behind the usual Chinese restaurant in a strip mall...but soon finds his feet stuck fast to the floor and virtually immobile. Wu appears and asks Buddy how he likes his new recipe--"extra-sticky sticky rice". He reveals his new device--The Flut-U-Lator. It produces a harmonic noise, the sound of which will lure every dog in the tri-county area into Wu's kitchen. However, because the instructions are ruined by spilled sauce, Wu cannot remember which setting is for canines. He has to play every single note and, by the process of elimination, arrive at the correct frequency. This of course, results in several hilarious mishaps as each succeeding note attracts everything but our four-legged friends. Still, with every failure, he gets closer to the right tone.
Back at the Sweet house, Marcie's Pinto pulls up in the driveway. Marcie and Tiffy step out, and she immediately notices Jon, Josh, Ben, Angela, Timmy, and Tony Moneran (filling the roles of Buford and Baljeet, respectively) working busily on their latest project. She asks what they're doing, and the boys tell her they're making a life-size version of the cereal box word ladder. A series of questions correspond accordingly to various locations in Jigaboo Junction, randomly selected by the Warriorputer. Each answer is only one letter different from the one before it, and the first team to find all the clues wins. Now all that remains, according to Jon, is to pick teams, but it he admits isn't much fun with just five players (Josh and Ben play as a single person because they're so in sync "it's like they have one brain between them). Before Marcie can say "bust", Tiffy volunteers them both to play, quelling any of her friend's protests. They divide up into boy-girl teams, and Gort (in the disguise of "Auntie Bella") shows up to join the girls' team. The teams thus decided, each set off to seek the first clue.
Can Buddy free himself from the sticky rice trap before Wu strikes the correct note? And who will reach the top of the word ladder first -- the boys or the girls?
Musical Number(s): "Buddy's Theme", "Ladder To The Stars".
The title is a reference to the 1990 film "Jacob's Ladder", directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Tim Robbins and Elizabeth Pena, though the story has nothing to do with the plot. However, the musical number "Ladder To The Stars" slightly borrows the musical arrangement and chorus from the Huey Lewis song of the same name.
This is the second episode to reference Phineas and Ferb after "Jon's Halfiversary".
The basic plot recalls the episode "We Call It Maze".
When Buddy meets Lana inside his secret tree elevator, it's a nod to "Isabella and the Temple of Sap", in which Perry and Pinky the chihuahua meet in an elevator and ride down to their respective lairs.
"Buddy's Theme" recalls "Perry's Theme", heard in some capacity in most every episode.
Jon mentions that "a couple of kids out east" rented the Giant Baby Head first, referring to a well-known running gag in the show, and to Danville's supposed location (believed to be in or around Seattle).
Dung Tung Wu is careful to clarify the difference between the similar-sounding "Flat-U-Lator" and "Flut-U-Lator". Heinz Doofenshmirtz did the same with his "De-Evolutionator" and "De-Volitionator".
Third story where Gort wears women's clothing "What A Drag", "Magic Fingers".
A scene where Buddy digs under the fence and races across town to the TV station, K-PEX, to receive his mission was cut for lack of space. In it, according to early notes, Buddy "overhears Dom Brokejaw discussing with his staff the unusual theft of two gross (288 units) of wooden reeds to fit bassoons, clarinets, saxophones, and oboes. Buddy figures whatever Dung Tung Wu's latest scheme is, it involves music, and hurries off to find his hideout".
Story (out of 24 pages): 2 p.
In a parody of the famous ending routines to the Burns and Allen show, Jon and Angela kill a couple pages' worth of space.